Italian Greyhound (IG)


Quiet, refined dog who take off like a rocket if you aren’t careful

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    13-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    7-12 pounds
  • Adult height:
    13-15 inches

What’s good and bad about the IG?


  • Clean and nearly odorless. May be a good choice for owners with allergies
  • Moves with beauty and grace. He’s a delight to watch
  • Quiet and refined, your neighbors will appreciate him as well
  • A peaceful, undemanding nature that needs little obedience training but does require daily exercise


  • May be prone to broken legs and slipped kneecaps
  • Will take off like a shot if not on a leash
  • Best for childless households; he dislikes commotions
  • Not a watchdog
  • Difficult (putting it mildly) to housebreak
  • Thin skin (literally) makes him a poor choice for cold climates

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